PGA Golf Performance Program – Tournament Play, World Class Facilities, Training and Education

The program is a joint initiative between the Professional Golfers Association of Australia (RTO Code:22044)  and SEDA Group Pty Ltd (SEDA) TOID: 22503. Based at the PGA Centre for Learning and Performance at the Sandhurst Club in Victoria. The program is 1 year in duration, the main features of the program include:

  • Elite coaching from PGA Centre for Learning and Performance coaches
  • Training in an elite environment with likeminded people
  • Tournament play in 25+ PGA sanctioned matches (combination of PGA Trainee matches and squad matches)
  • Highly structured training program that improves the technical, physical, mental and tactical areas of your game
  • Nationally recognised training (SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development)delivered by SEDA Group
  • Membership at the Sandhurst Club, Victoria – 36 Holes of Championship Golf
  • Associate membership of the PGA
  • Unlimited range balls for 12 months

The program has a number of specific outcomes available for graduates including;

  • Eligibility for Recognition For Prior Learning (RPL) for Year 2 of the PGA Traineeship Program (subject to golf and academic performance)
  • Direct articulation into University through SEDA Group’s tertiary partners
  • Employment opportunities in the golf industry
  • Preparation for future tournament play

Course Structure

The Golf Performance Program has two components that run concurrently:
Part A – Delivered by the PGACLP over a duration of 1 year. This component of the Golf Performance Program focuses on:

  • Improving technical skill level
  • Improving physically to able to meet the demands of playing high performance golf
  • Improving the tactical and mental skills of the golfer
  • Improving the preparation and golf performance training of the students
  • Preparing students to play tournament level golf

Part B – Co-delivered with our education partner SEDA Group Pty Ltd TOID: 22503, for 39 weeks, this component provides the skills and knowledge for an individual intending to pursue a career in sport development. Key academic program areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Golf skills and tactics
  • Nutrition
  • Drugs in sport
  • Sports Psychology
  • Technology
  • Fitting and altering golf equipment
  • Strength and Conditioning program development

The units of study selected are designed to develop the knowledge and skill level required of high performance golfers as well as prepare the students for further study or employment opportunities. Units Delivered and Assessed by SEDA Group Pty Ltd can be read here in the course information brochure. (will be updated shortly to reflect 2017 fees)

Practical Playing Requirement

A total of 20 rounds minimum must be played in PGA sanctioned matches. There is a schedule of 25+ matches to choose from. These matches will be a combination of PGA Trainee matches and Performance Program matches. These matches are normally played on a Monday and are usually 18 holes. A scoring average of 4.75 over par for males and 6.75 over par for females must be achieved to qualify for entry into Year 2 of the PGA Traineeship. This average is calculated using the PGA adjusted average system averaging the best 80% of your rounds played.

Face to Face training

Lectures and workshops will be interactive and highly golf specific to ensure your training is relevant to the golf industry and individually improves the golf performance of the students. Attendance at 80% or more of lectures is a minimum requirement for all students. Lectures and squad practice will be conducted 4 days per week from Monday to Thursday. A typical day commences at 8:30am and concludes at 4:30pm.

Training Venue

The program is based at the Sandhurst Club in Melbourne, Victoria. All squad practice, lessons and lectures will be at the Sandhurst Club. PGA Trainee matches will be at selected venues around metropolitan Melbourne and occasionally country Victoria. The Sandhurst Club includes 36 holes of championship golf with a 270m practice fairway, short game area with bunkers and two large putting greens. The Sandhurst Club has hosted numerous PGA events such as the Victorian PGA Championship and Stage 1 of the PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School.

Fee structure

The total program fee is $24,000 AUD for Part A (PGA performance program) and Part B (SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development). Both components of the program must be studied together.

The Diploma of Sport Development SIS50612 (Part B) is provisionally included under the new VET student loans scheme for $10,000. Students eligible may apply for a VET student loan. Students wishing to not use the VET student loans system may pay the total program fee of $24,000 either upon commencement or via instalments.

VET Student loans fact sheet

Students using a VET student loan may pay the remaining $14,000 AUD either upon commencement or in instalments spread over the duration of the program.

For further information about payment options please email nbielawski@pga.org.au 

Key Dates

Thursday September 1st 2016 – Applications open for the 2017 PGA Performance Program

Thursday December 15th 2016 – Applications close for the 2017 PGA Performance Program

Monday December 19th 2016 & Tuesday December 20th 2016 – Face to face or phone interviews

Wednesday December 21st 2016 – Places offered to applicants

Monday 30th January 2017 to Wednesday 1st February 2017 – New student induction

Monday 6th February 2017 – Classes and training commences

Term 1 – Monday 30th January to Thursday 30th March (9 weeks – including induction)

Term 2 – Monday 17th April 2017 to Thursday 29th June (11 weeks)

Term 3 – Monday 17th July 2017 to Thursday 21st September (10 weeks)

Term 4 – Monday 9th October 2017 to Thursday 7th December (9 weeks)

Frequently asked questions:

View the frequently asked questions here

Additional Information: View the course information brochure here (will be updated shortly to reflect 2017 fees)

Application Process

  • PGA of Australia requirement – Must be off a 9 handicap or less (males and females)Send an email to nbielawski@pga.org.au requesting an application form during the application period. You will be required to fill in the form as well as provide proof  of identity such as a passport or birth certificate, evidence of your highest level of school completed e.g Year 12 and 12 months of Golflink handicap history.
  • Please note there is a $100 application fee (payable online after the application form is completed)
  • A face to face or phone interview will be arranged to determine suitability for the program
  • Students will also be required to undertake a language, literacy and numeracy assessment prior to commencing the program. This is done during induction week.
  • Applicants will be notified of the success of their application following their interview. Successful applicants will be given an offer for enrolment

Additional Information

Professional Golfers Association of Australia Limited assists SEDA Group with the marketing of this course. SEDA Group is responsible for compliance of training and assessment for these qualifications and responsible for the issuance of AQF certification documentation. For more information please read the course information brochure. (will be updated shortly to reflect 2017 fees)

For more information please visit http://www.sedagroup.com.au

*Transfers from similar courses of study are available.

For more information call (03) 8320 1902 or
To request an application form please email nbielawski@pga.org.au